Trump Clusterfuck Continues

Ken AshfordTrump & AdministrationLeave a Comment

People are calling this administration — not even two weeks old — a slow-motion trainwreck. I disagree.  There is nothing slow-motion about this at all.  It seems like every 6 hours there is something unprecedented happening, being met with bipartisan criticism.  This is not normal. Last night, it was the firing of the Acting Attorney General Sally Yates, who reasonably … Read More

The Kinda Crazy, Somewhat Uplifting, Complete Unprecedented Weekend Of Trump

Ken AshfordImmigration and Xenophobia, Trump & Administration, War on Terrorism/TortureLeave a Comment

On Friday, President Trump signed an executive order that bans some refugees and immigrants from entering the US. It hits ‘pause’ on Syrian refugees coming into the US. And also temporarily shuts the door on citizens of Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, and Yemen. Initially, the ban even applied to people with valid visas or green cards. Over the weekend, … Read More

RIP MTM

Ken AshfordIn PassingLeave a Comment

This one hurts.  She went into the hospital earlier today.  Mary Tyler Moore dead at age 80. Twitter right now. Rest in peace, Mary. #MaryTylerMoore pic.twitter.com/xAFAnXFJqH — Bradd Jaffy (@BraddJaffy) January 25, 2017

Former NC Governor Pat McCrory Needs Protection From Words

Ken AshfordConstitution, Local InterestLeave a Comment

News & Observer: Does former North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory need protection? Do all current and former public officials? At least one state senator thinks so. After a video was posted on Facebook Friday showing a group of people following McCrory during a trip to Washington, D.C., for inaugural weekend, chanting “Shame!” and calling him a bigot, Sen. Dan Bishop … Read More

Emoluments Lawsuit Against Trump To Be Filed Today

Ken AshfordTrump & AdministrationLeave a Comment

New York Times: WASHINGTON — A team of prominent constitutional scholars, Supreme Court litigators and former White House ethics lawyers intends to file a lawsuit Monday morning alleging that President Trump is violating the Constitution by allowing his hotels and other business operations to accept payments from foreign governments. The lawsuit is among a barrage of legal actions against the … Read More

President Trump

Ken AshfordTrump & AdministrationLeave a Comment

It is 12:50 pm EST. I had to type “President Trump” as the title of this post, because… well, I had to let it sink it.  If felt awful. He’s been president for 50 minutes. I don’t have much to say.  I said a lot on Facebook, which I will reprint here: Please indulge (or ignore) my thoughts about you-know-what, … Read More

Trump Not Liked

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From Gallup: President-elect Donald Trump approaches Inauguration Day with a significantly lower favorable rating than his three immediate predecessors received when they were presidents-elect. Trump’s 40% favorable rating is roughly half of what Barack Obama enjoyed before his inauguration in 2009 (78%) and is much lower than the pre-inaugural ratings for George W. Bush (62%) and Bill Clinton (66%). *** … Read More

The Bombshell Report That Russia Can Blackmail Trump, Explained

Ken AshfordL'Affaire Russe, Russia, Trump & AdministrationLeave a Comment

There’s an enormous amount we don’t yet know about CNN’s bombshell report that US intelligence agencies believe Russia has “compromising personal and financial information” on President-elect Donald Trump and that his campaign was in direct contact with with Russian intermediaries before the election. We don’t know who CNN’s sources are or if those people’s information is accurate. We don’t know … Read More

Thoughts On Megyn Kelly Coming To NBC

Ken AshfordRight Wing and Inept MediaLeave a Comment

It is no surprise to me that Megyn Kelly has decided to leave Fox. It’s not a secret how unhappy she had become at Fox in the wake of her high-profile feud with Donald Trump and revelations she had accused Ailes of sexual harassment. Her relationships with Bill O’Reilly and Sean Hannity in particular had completely broken down, one Fox host said. … Read More